Overclock3D's Weekly Review Roundup - 13/04/08

"Asus Rampage, Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 X48, OCZ Vendetta 2 HPT CPU Cooler, ASUS Eee 8G PC 8GB SSD Notebook and is Nvidia slowing graphic upgrades?"

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Overclock3D's Weekly Review Roundup - 13/04/08

Every week Overclock3D's news mailbox is spammed full of content from partner sites around the globe. Even with a dedicated team of 50 news posters we just cant keep up! So here's a round-up of the best bits we've received over the past week:
"Asus did not wait long to introduce its first motherboard based on the Intel X48 chipset. Asus Formula Rampage board is part of the Republic of Gamers series and it is obviously aimed at gamers and enthusiasts alike, but is this truly the best motherboard for the Intel s processors on the market? " - T-Break
"The last time we looked at a motherboard was the P5E3-Deluxe/WiFi-AP@n X38 motherboard from Asus roughly half a year ago. At that time, the X38 chipset was Intel's latest flagship chipset chosen to officially replace the tried-and-true 975X from last season. Lately, there's lots of news surrounding Intel's next generation flagship chipset -- the Intel X48." APH Networks
"Computer hardware is an ever-evolving industry, and since Moores law only applies to an exponentially growing transistor count then there should probably be another law for cooling. In the very recent past there have been two major trends which have accelerated the performance potential of CPU cooler."Benchmark Reviews
"If you’ve recently found yourself thinking that you might just bite the bullet and buy a new high-end graphics card, news last week that new models from NVIDIA could be coming as soon as July may make you rethink that decision. The day before the 9800GTX was officially unveiled, rumors started to leak that NVIDIA was already preparing a new line-up of high-end cards under the 9900 naming scheme, and that the 9800 series would be discontinued in July. With NVIDIA moving onto the CPU market in the near future, you have to wonder if the strategy will be the same when they continue to battle AMD and the even stronger Intel. If you really sit back and take a look at the big picture, you can see why consoles are so popular these days." - TweakTown
"ASUS has created a huge wave in the sub-notebook & portable Internet device markets with their Eee PC. Sub-notebooks are normally wonderfully exotic looking hardware for delightfully high prices. Well, exotic until one looks at the specs. The MacBook air is a great example - it looks like a killer machine until one looks at the combination of the lackluster specs and a price that makes even the most enthusiastic Mac fan blush. As for portable Internet devices, the Nokia N series is the first that comes to mind. Granted, they are really fantastic machines with excellent screens and software, but I am a bit old school I suppose. I still want a real keyboard."Benchmark Reviews
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09-04-2008, 15:09:32

WC Annihilus
"The popular Rock Band game will be hitting three major European countries next month"

Read on

09-04-2008, 15:30:32

Will be looking forward to this. :)

Bonus tracks are a little.. pants.

09-04-2008, 15:44:59

Do you realise how much they are trying to make us pay?

Instruments are no longer bundled, and the game itself isn't cheap. I think the rrp is about £180.

Had a look and play are doing borth for £140, but it's still a rip compared to the US version.

If you have a PS3 i'd see how much it is to import.

09-04-2008, 16:47:33

Bonus tracks are poopa sept Muse. Hmm seems a decent game, but as said, this price is a tad steep.

09-04-2008, 20:01:50

All i can say is that its awesome, first day i got it played it with some friends for like 21 hrs straight (on my off day of course)

10-04-2008, 15:05:14

Was looking forward to this, not so much now after reading this:

Perhaps more disappointing is the price: unlike the US, which received a Special Edition that includes the game, a Fender Strat guitar, the drum kit and a mic, all for $169 – Europe will only get an Instrument Edition priced £129.99 / 169 Euros, including the three peripherals but not the game – which, bought separately, will set you back £49.99 / 69.99 Euros. So, if you want the proper Rock Band experience, the minimum you're going to have to shell out is around £180 / 240 Euros.

Quite why EA has decided to release the Instrument Pack without the game is anyone's guess, although it's likely retailers will bundle the two together, if not at launch then hopefully shortly after. In addition, wireless guitars will be available separately for the princely sum of £59.99 / 79.99 Euros, with standalone drum kits setting you back £69.99 / 89.99 Euros.


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